NEW HAVEN: Richard D’Aquila has been named president of Yale New Haven Health Systems (YNHHS). D’Aguila remains in his current role as president of Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). D’Aquila is expected to expand his role to “collaborate with local healthcare providers and hospitals to enhance access to specialty medical care in local communities across Connecticut.”
Marna Borgstrom, CEO YNHHS and YNHH, explained his suitability for the task, saying “Rick has led the team of talented physicians and leaders who built these services and is uniquely qualified to oversee the expansion of these services going forward.”
HAMDEN: Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists has opened an occupational medicine program, OccNow, to provide more immediate walk-in style “services to employers across multiple industries; providing services such as pre-employment exams, CDL testing, injury care management and many more.”
The facilities are currently located in the practice’s OrthoNOW suite located at 2416 Whitney Ave., Hamden, but is expected to expand to its OrthoNow locations in Branford and Orange.
The hours of operation for this program are 8am - 4pm, Monday-Friday. There continue to be extended hours for occupational injury care management with weeknight and weekend hours.
A cloud technology project that tracks a patient’s whole body statistics is being piloted at two facilities nationally, including Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington.
BIO is a cloud-based software collects details about nutrition, wellness and medical conditions and matches the individual’s details up against “existing medical knowledge, expert opinions and diagnostics” as well as a network of physicians, dietitians, life coaches and communities.
Dr. Lorenzo Galante and Dr. Sanjay K. Aggarwal
of New Haven, have joined Healthcare2U of Austin, Texas’ Private Physician Network (PPN) medical care, wellness and chronic disease management. The New Haven location is Healthcare2U’s first location in the Northeast, the company has 60 locations in Texas and Oklahoma.
“One of the biggest challenges in healthcare today is convenient and affordable access to quality medical care,” said Andy Bonner, president and CEO of Healthcare2U. “We look forward to working with Connecticut businesses to make sure employees can see a physician when they need one. As Healthcare2U continues to grow, we will continue to look for ways to break down old models to redefine how healthcare is delivered by improving the consumer experience while controlling costs.”
The company says it works with healthcare brokers and businesses “to provide a comprehensive suite of customized group health plans to deliver direct primary care.”
Through the New Haven clinic, Healthcare2U members will be able to access primary care, wellness coaching and chronic disease management. In addition to a network of 60 affiliated clinics, the company says Healthcare2U delivers primary care through dedicated on-site employer based clinics and employer shared clinics.
Two state agency heads have ruled against Connecticut hospitals’ claims that the state tax on hospitals is illegal, clearing the way for the industry to take the state to court.
Hospitals have long bristled at the tax, imposed during a budget crisis in 2011 and increased by hundreds of millions of dollars since then. Last year, 24 hospitals and the Connecticut Hospital Association challenged the tax, seeking declaratory rulings on its legality from the departments of social services and revenue services.
Recently, Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby and Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan issued a 179-page ruling rejecting the hospitals’ arguments that the tax violated the Connecticut and U.S. constitutions, as well as state statute.
The Connecticut State Medical Society has recently sworn in Dr. Jeffrey A. Gordon as its new President. The CSMS, headquartered in North Haven, swore in Dr. Gordon as its 178th President. Dr. Gordon is a hematologist-oncologist practicing at The New London Cancer Center and has served in numerous leadership roles at the Society prior to his Presidency. He previously served in academic capacities as well, with both UConn and UMass.
In a study published July 26th in the journal Nucleic Acids Research, a group of Yale University Medical School researchers have developed a system to edit specific genes in a genome, multiple genes at a time, all while minimizing risks to other systems within the genome. According to the published research, “The gene-editing “toolbox” provides a user-friendly solution that scientists can apply to research on cancer and other disciplines.”
Previously, editing genes in a genome could damage other systems within the genome, but this new approach sought to minimize that risk, while allowing a user to edit multiple genes simultaneously.
The University of Connecticut Healthcare Center announced an end to primary pediatric clinical services as of October 1 of this year. Services of the practice included newborn, well care, immunizations and basic well office visits and physicals through adolescence.
The State is potentially investigating whether the facility improperly skipped the “Certificate of Need” process in making a change to available medical services. Because the pediatric team will provide services at its other locations, it claims it did not need to file a certificate of need for this change.